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What type of games do you prefer to play?
(310 votes total)
player games (167) 54%
A bit of both (119) 38%
Multiplayer games (24) 8%
As I expected,
the majority of people who visit Sorcerer's Place prefer to play single
player games over any other type. 54% of people voted for this option.
all who voted prefer a bit of both, and only 8% prefer multiplayer games.
but this poll really leaves me with no room for comment. :p)
Which of the BioWare/BIS games & expansions do you feel was the most
(332 votes total)
Gate (71) 21%
Baldur's Gate II (66) 20%
Icewind Dale (56) 17%
Planescape: Torment (53) 16%
Throne of Bhaal (43) 13%
Tales of the Sword Coast (24) 7%
Heart of Winter (19) 6%
results, that's for sure. Even though it's been three years since the
original Baldur's Gate was released, people still remember it as the most
buggy game of them all. 21% of all who voted agree on this.
place with only one percent less goes to Baldur's Gate II, the much-anticipated
place with 17% of votes is Icewind Dale, the second Black Isle Studios
game to have used the Infinity Engine licensed from BioWare.
buggy of the full games is Planescape: Torment which nevertheless still
received 16% of votes as the most buggy one. Quite strange since PS: T
actually had only one serious bug which was fixed completely in the patch.
as expansions are concerned, Throne of Bhaal is in the absolute lead with
13% of people voting for its bugginess.
among the expansions bug-wise is Tales of the Sword Coast with 7% of votes.
least buggy of the expansions is Heart of Winter with 6% of people voting
for it, but I expect this is due to the fact that it sold less than the
other two expansions so fewer people have it.
Which of the Infinity Engine games (including their expansions) do you
think has the best story?
(606 votes total)
Torment (245) 41%
Baldur's Gate 2 (242) 40%
Baldur's Gate (86) 14%
Icewind Dale (33) 5%
it seemed in the first three days of the poll being online that Planescape:
Torment would win the poll outright, Baldur's Gate 2 started gaining many
more votes in the second half of the week and was brought extremely close
to Planescape: Torment in the end. The final results are:
Torment was voted the game with the best story by the majority of people,
41% of them to be precise. Considering that PS: T was played by considerably
less people than BG2, this makes its victory in the poll even more convincing.
Gate 2 (and Throne of Bhaal) came in close second with only three votes
less and was voted the game with the best story by 40% of people. In this
case it's just the opposite; many more people played this game but not
Baldur's Gate (and Tales of the Sword Coast) is in third place with 14%
of votes, some of it probably due to the age of the game and the fact
that quite a number of people haven't played it.
goes to Icewind Dale (and Heart of Winter) which was voted the game with
the best story by only 5% of people. Most likely by those who haven't
played any of the other games listed above.
When the first Lord of the Rings movie is released, will you go see it?
(546 votes total)
Maybe, depends on reviews (28) 5%
No, never (10) 2%
Yes, well, it was a poll with a very predictable result. ;)
The majority of our visitors are true fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and
seeing a movie based on his most famous book will be a must for most of
them (us even).
people who voted will go see the movie no matter what. Hopefully we will
not be disappointed.
all voters are not sure yet whether they will see it or not and will wait
for reviews to point them in the right direction.
2% of people declared that they will not go see the movie no matter what.
Did you find Throne of Bhaal to be a fitting conclusion to the Baldur's
(441 votes total)
Can't say yet (137) 31%
Somewhat (64) 15%
No (32) 7%
quite some time has passed since the release of the official expansion
to Baldur's Gate 2, Throne of Bhaal, it seems that many people haven't
yet played it for long enough to be able to determine whether they think
it provides a fitting end to the Child of Bhaal saga.
who voted, 47% said that the expansion indeed is a fitting conclusion
to the long journey of the Bhaalspawn we have grown to love.
people are not certain yet, which probably means that they haven't progressed
far enough in the game to be able to say yea or nay.
people were somewhat satisfied with the end to the epic saga and 7% were
not satisfied with it at all.
With the recent rumour about the development of Icewind Dale 2 in mind;
would you buy it if turns out that BIS is really working on it?
(375 votes total)
Maybe, depends on reviews (111) 30%
No way (35) 9%
this rumour still hasn't been confirmed officially, it would make sense
for Black Isle Studios to make another Icewind Dale game. The market is
obviously still big enough for another game made with the Infinity Engine,
and it would explain the mysterious Trials of The Luremaster expansion
to the Heart of Winter expansion.
Although I would like to believe that BIS made it from the goodness of
their hearts and just because most people thought the expansion was too
short, it is much more believable that they were already working on the
sequel to Icewind Dale so setting aside a few extra maps and populating
them with new monsters could have been made simultaneously with the work
proceeding on Icewind Dale 2, without delaying the project much.
course we've all seen that Trials of The Luremaster was done very well
and showed that the development team still has a couple more tricks up
their sleeve, so you could also consider it a demo of what Icewind Dale
2 will be like. But then again, I could be totally wrong. Only time will
people who voted in our poll said that they would definitely buy a sequel
to Icewind Dale if it were made.
yet undecided, and may purchase it after reading some reviews. How the
media will react to another Infinity Engine game remains to be seen, but
I suspect that most reviewers will take some points off the game's score
solely because it isn't in 3D yet. (What is it with these people and 3D
anyway? I mean I know they can't stand their expensive 3D cards not being
used all the time, but why can't they realize that a game can be excellent
even without the third dimension in graphics?)
of people who voted replied that there's no way they would buy Icewind
We need you to help us out by picking a name you think would be the most
appropriate for our new chatroom dedicated mostly to online role-playing.
The winning entry gets to stay permanently as the official name, so choose
(502 votes total)
Medallion (151) 30%
Loaded Die (118) 24%
Roleplay Arena (115) 23%
Rumble Room (44) 9%
Dice Room (37) 7%
Hidden Room (37) 7%
can't really comment much on this poll (well, I could try, but I doubt
anyone'd bother to read it), so let's just say that Minstrel's Medallion
won with a majority of votes, so from now on this will be the official
title of our role-playing
chatroom. Thanks to everyone for participating in this selection!
If you could live in a D&D fantasy world, which would it be?
(766 votes total)
Realms (432) 56%
Planescape (123) 16%
Dragonlance (120) 16%
Greyhawk (37) 5%
Ravenloft (28) 4%
Other (26) 3%
As I expected,
the Forgotten Realms won the poll outright with 56% of people pronouncing
it the D&D fantasy world they would like to live in the most. Most
likely because a wide majority of our visitors are not as familiar with
the other worlds they could choose...
is in second place with 16% of votes, closely followed by Dragonlance,
also with 16% of votes.
Many people who voted for Planescape were probably inspired by the excellent
game Planescape: Torment from Black Isle Studios which familiarized them
with a world now more or less abandoned by WOTC, but still fondly remembered
by everyone who is not turned off by fantasy a bit different than most
people are used to.
popularity however cannot be attributed to any of the games since there
haven't been any good ones set there in at least a decade, if ever. So
I suppose that most people who voted for it must have read the Dragonlance
books and got to know the world from there.
is in fourth place with 5% of votes, and it seems that since WOTC made
it their official setting for the manuals, it didn't get any more popular
than it used to be.
major D&D fantasy world people would want to live in is Ravenloft
with 4% of votes.
D&D worlds got about 3% of votes. In the poll comments people mentioned
Dark Sun, Al-Quadim and SpellJammer as fantasy worlds they would like
to live in, and also a couple non-D&D worlds like Discworld and Middle-Earth,
but they don't count since this poll was only about D&D worlds.
were numerous comments about how the Forgotten Realms rule (obviously,
judging by the number of votes the settings received), but also a few
about the other worlds so I'll list these here:
could someone not be in Planescape? Sure, Forgotten Realms is a big area.
But Planescape is EVERYTHING. Wouldn't you love learning life's secrets
from a mimir rather than courting a lowly tavern maid? Feh, I thought
people who would live in Ravenloft are NUTS!
of course. Technically, with the help of a helpful portal, you could visit
just about any other world as well! Plus, who wouldn't want to catch a
glimpse of the Lady of Pain? Well... unless you were in her shadow, of
settle for any city less grand than Sigil?
- I can't
think of raising a family in Planescape or Ravenloft. However, if I get
to ride a dragon, it's all good!
When Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor finally gets released, will
you buy it?
(377 votes total)
Maybe, depends on reviews (165) 44%
No, never (22) 6%
results are not surprising; it is obvious that numerous delays in development
of the game have taken their toll. Similar polls that were conducted at
Sorcerer's Place regarding the already released games (BG2, IWD etc.)
all had about 90% of our visitors ready to buy them.
case of Pool of Radiance, only 50% of our visitors will unconditionally
buy the game.
those who voted are obviously not sure any more what to think of a game
that keeps getting pushed back for no more apparent reason than "bug
fixing". (And numerous internal problems.)
Now I can appreciate them wanting to have the game as bug free as possible,
but having a game ship more than a year late because of that... Just makes
me wonder what exactly is going on at Stormfront.
at least the percentage of those who are sure they will not buy it is
reasonably low; about 6%.
On average, how many fantasy books do you read in a year?
(462 votes total)
15 (172) 37%
1-3 (60) 13%
7-9 (56) 12%
10-12 (56) 12%
4-6 (54) 12%
None (46) 10%
13-15 (18) 4%
It seems that our visitors read much more fantasy than I expected.
people who voted in the poll read more than 15 fantasy books per year.
In a chat we had about it in FAI (our chatroom) I learned that some people
read even more than 300-400 a year! I still don't know if I can believe
that, but there you have it.
all voters read 1-3 books a year, among them our poor Sir Belisarius who
is too busy with law books to try anything else. ;)
12%, three times in a row. 12% of people read 7-9 books, 10-12 books and
4-6 books. If put together, about 36% of people read 4-12 books a year.
those who voted read no fantasy books at all. Hopefully with our refurbished
Fantasy Books section that is going to change. Everyone should be able
to find something that interests him there.
only 4% of people read 13-15 books per year.
Which unique BG2 monster did you find the hardest to kill?
(724 votes total)
Irenicus (103) 14%
Firkraag (101) 14%
Black dragon (37) 5%
Shadow dragon (36) 5%
Other (32) 4%
Torgal (troll) (23) 3%
Bodhi (15) 2%
Wraith Sarevok (11) 2%
As I suspected,
most people who voted definitely felt that Kangaxx was the toughest foe
in the whole game. 51% of all participants in the poll said he was the
hardest to kill, and the number would undoubtedly be even bigger if everyone
who played the game also tried to kill him. From what I've heard, some
people got so scared of stories they heard that they didn't even bother.
place goes to Irenicus with a much smaller percentage of votes. Barely
14% of people thought he was the hardest to kill... But then again, by
the time most people reached the end of the game and finally fought him,
nothing could survive against them for long.
the first dragon most people saw in the game, got only two votes less
than Irenicus, so they both share the same percentage, 14%. Since most
gamers were relatively low in level when they tried to kill him, they
died more or less spectacular deaths.
big jump in percents brings us down to the fourth toughest monster in
the game, the black dragon Nizidramanii'yt.
5% of people thought Irenicus' pet was almost too much to handle.
received only 1 vote less than the black dragon, which puts it at fifth
place with also 5% of votes.
people voted for "other" monsters, but no real name came up
in the poll comments.
people found Torgal the troll the hardest to kill. I myself had quite
a lot of trouble with him too, since my party was still pretty inexperienced
when we cleared out the de' Arnise hold.
two places go to Bodhi and Wraith Sarevok, who each scored 2% and apparently
weren't that much of a challenge.
Which stronghold quest(s) in BG2 did you undertake?
(1439 votes total)
Wizard (260) 18%
Paladin (208) 14%
Thief (157) 11%
Ranger (150) 10%
Bard (92) 6%
Cleric (90) 6%
Druid (89) 6%
allowed multiple selections so the number of votes total is a bit higher
than usual. Due to Pollit's unavailability at the time I usually write
poll results, this one is presented a bit late...
the biggest group of people who voted (27%) undertook the quests associated
with the fighter stronghold.
substantially fewer went for the wizard stronghold, only 18% of those
who voted to be exact.
stronghold quest was not too popular either, since only 14% of people
of surprise, 11% of people went for the thief stronghold. I was sure this
number would be lower, but it seems you never know...
stronghold was only slightly less popular than the thief one, with 10%
of people voting for it.
three strongholds; the Bard, Cleric and Druid one each got almost the
same number of votes, so they all have 6% of people going for them.
How will your time spent playing & discussing computer role playing
games change during this summer?
(278 votes total)
play more (146) 53%
I won't change my playing habits (93) 33%
I will play less (39) 14%
time again at last. Judging by the poll results, the majority of our visitors,
over a half of you even, will spend more time entertaining yourselves
with CRPGs. Fortunately enough, I will do so as well. ;)
one third of our visitors who voted in the poll think that their playing
habits will not change during the summer. Either to busy or not interested
in spending time behind a computer when you could be swimming in the sea
or executing any number of other leisurely activities perhaps?
about 15% of people who voted will spend less time playing CRPGs. Especially
those who will not have access to computers during their vacations, I
Which dragon in Baldur's Gate 2 is your favourite?
(522 votes total)
(Windspear hills) (253) 48%
Silver dragon (Underdark) (96) 18%
Shadow dragon (Temple ruins) (69) 13%
Black dragon (Suldanessellar) (65) 12%
Hell dragon (Hell) (39) 7%
the red dragon, won this poll with an overwhelming majority of votes.
Almost half of the people who voted claim that he is their favorite dragon.
Because of his "charming" personality, and because most people
saw him first, no doubt.
place goes to Adalon, the good aligned silver dragon. 18% of people say
that she is their favourite dragon. Of course, no self respecting party
(unless evil) would go about killing her, so I suppose most people must
have liked her lines and how she fits into the story. Or those glittering
silver scales... ;)
dragon Thaxll'ssyllia, the one I encountered first, scored 13% of people's
votes. Not much of a conversationalist, this dragon is simply there to
be killed at your whimsy. You can either do it, don't do it, or come back
later. (If you have the wardstone that prevents your detection, that is.)
Irenicus' black dragon scored only 12% of votes. He was my favourite dragon
because he seemed to be the toughest of all I've slain. Maybe also because
you can spend quite some time convincing him to give you the goblet, but
he doesn't fall for it. He's a smart wyrm after all.
dragon in hell is the least popular of all. It got only 7% of people's
votes, and even that's quite a lot, considering the fact that it was really
the one least people wanted to fight, when there is such an easy way around
Which do you think is the coolest new monster we will see in Throne of
(476 votes total)
Purple Dragon (133) 28%
Demogorgon (114) 24%
Succubus (69) 14%
Solar/Planetar (56) 12%
Undead Beholder (32) 7%
Baatezu (27) 6%
Fire Giant (16) 3%
Hive Mother (12) 3%
Magic Golem (11) 2%
Water Weird (6) 1%
you just *hate* power outages when you're working on a computer? Well,
it happened to me when I was making the comments to this poll. Of course,
I didn't bother to save the thing in the process, so I lost the whole
still don't know what some of the new monsters in the poll are, run a
search for them in Yahoo for a plethora of relevant results. (I'm doing
this because I've received a couple of mails asking me to explain what
some of the monsters like the water weird are.)
the new dragons we will see in Throne of Bhaal (blue and purple) are still
the most anticipated adversaries with 28% of votes. I think I don't need
to explain what dragons are. ;)
place goes to the Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons.
contended by some that this demon prince is supreme. His hatred for Orcus
is immense and unending, followed closely by his hatred for Graz'zt. (Two
other demon lords).
Demogorgon appears as an 18-foot tall reptilian-humanoid. He has two heads
that bear the visages of baboons. His blue-green skin is plated with snake-like
scales, his body and legs are those of a giant lizard, his twin necks
resemble snakes, and his thick tail is forked. In place of arms, he has
two huge tentacles.
attacks first using his gaze weapons and should any survive the onslaught,
he will utilize his tentacles, tail, and bites. He uses his spells and
spell-like abilities liberally in combat, and should the combat go against
him, he will summon demons to cover his escape. This impressive monster
got 24% of votes.
coolest monster on the list is the Succubus with 14% of votes. Since it
is a rather common monster and most people have seen one in Diablo (if
not in Planescape: Torment), I won't bother with more elaborate descriptions.
the Solar/Planetar with 12% of votes. The Planetar (similar to a Solar)
is a powerful, extra-dimensional creature that resembles a biblical angel.
It possesses excellent melee combat abilities as well as a powerful spellbook
and intelligence enough to heal a comrade when they are stricken.
place on the popularity list goes to the Undead Beholder. 7% of people
think that will be the coolest new monster. This is a pretty common sort
of beholder, so I won't go into lengthier descriptions. Just imagine an
even more disgusting, green, rotting, floating orb and you're there.
6th place with 6% of votes (heh) are the Baatezu. Abishai, Barbazu, Erinyes
and a couple of others all fall in this category. If you have played Planescape:
Torment, you know them well.
place with 3% of votes is the Fire Giant, closely followed by the Hive
Mother, also at 3%. Fire Giants are nothing really new (we've seen them
in Icewind Dale), but in ToB they will have an important part in the story,
and they will use a totally different model and animations.
is, in short, a very powerful beholder, usually surrounded by a group
of a bit less powerful ones. Like the undead one, nothing to get too excited
about, since they will most likely use the same model and animations as
the normal ones. (Except for a bit of change in colour.)
9th place with 2% of votes is the Magic Golem. Thought to be the horrible
mutation of unfortunate mages trapped in wild magic zones, the rare magic
golem appears as a glowing yellow humanoid form. Composed of pure magical
energy, the magic golem subsists by absorbing magic in all its forms.
Spells cast at these fearsome creatures, as well as magical effects and
magically charged items coming within too close to the golems aura,
are instantly and completely absorbed. Unlike the brutish physical attacks
of most other constructs, magic golems attack by unleashing a devastating
beam of pure energy. The range of the golems blast is such that
few who encounter these terrible entities are able to escape before being
obliterated by the lethal beams.
in last in 10th place with 1% of votes is the Water Weird. Which is probably
one monster practically no one had a clue as to what it is, so here goes:
The water weird is a life form that has its origins on the Elemental Plane
of Water. They attack all living things, draining their lifes essence
as the victim lies dying.
The water weird takes but two rounds to form from the body of water it
inhabits. It appears as a large serpent constructed entirely of water.
In combat, the water weird lashes out, attempting to wrap itself around
its prey, dragging it into the water where the weird attempts to drown
If you could have a romance with any of the NPCs that can join you in
Baldur's Gate 2, which one would you pick?
(827 votes total)
Imoen (202) 24%
Jaheira (85) 10%
Nalia (81) 10%
Mazzy (35) 4%
Haer'Dalis (21) 3%
Valygar (14) 2%
Yoshimo (9) 1%
Edwin (8) 1%
Jan (7) 1%
Keldorn (6) 1%
Cernd (6) 1%
Anomen (4) 0%
Korgan (3) 0%
this feeling that some people would start an uproar over this poll, but
I never imagined it would last for so long...
The problem is, some people who voted don't really know enough about the
game so as soon as they saw Imoen on the list they started calling everyone
who voted for her sick and so on. Well, they show their ignorance as soon
as they call Imoen sister, when she is in fact only your half-sister.
Anyway, a couple of days after this poll was set up, a topic
about it was opened on our message boards, so go check that out if
you want to hear all the pros and cons regarding it.
remains that most people would love to be able to have a romance with
Imoen, which is perfectly understandable, what with all you've been through
together. Remember, we don't actually learn about Imoen's heritage till
Viconia is the winner of the poll, only a few minutes before I changed
polls, Imoen was still in the lead, so I'll call it a tie.
most popular female was Aerie, with a little over 15% of people voting
for her. Jaheira fares only marginally better than Nalia (both gained
10% of votes), which is quite surprising. It looks like in the end, Jaheira
doesn't come out any better than she did in the original Baldur's Gate.
As I suspected,
the halfling paladin-wannabe Mazzy got the least votes, only 4%.
as men are concerned, it is quite obvious that a overwhelming majority
of women absolutely hated Anomen, who is the only romance option for women
in the game. Only Korgan fared worse, and only by one vote. Obviously
Bioware should have hired a woman to pick a more suitable romance partner.
winner among men is Haer'Dalis, as I suspected. Follower-ups are Valygar,
Minsc, Yoshimo, Edwin, Jan, Keldorn and Cernd.
How do you feel about Sarevok being the new NPC in Throne of Bhaal?
(704 votes total)
prove to be an interesting addition (269) 38%
He should've stayed dead (240) 34%
I can't wait to see him again (114) 16%
I've no room for a new party member (81) 12%
to whoever inspired me to ask this poll question in our Friendly
Arm Inn. As I suspected, it was received quite well.
of people who voted (almost 40%) agree with the statement that Sarevok,
your rather unfriendly half-brother whom you killed once before in the
Undercity of Baldur's Gate, and yet again in Hell, (though some debate
arose on our message boards whether the Sarevok there was the real McCoy
or just a figment or your imagination) might prove to be an interesting
addition to Throne of Bhaal, the official Baldur's Gate 2 expansion.
the contrary... almost 35% of people who voted thoroughly disagree with
the posed question and think he should stay dead already. How many times
do we have to kill that bastard anyway? Call me unforgiving, but I sincerely
doubt that Bioware can come up with a good enough reason I would want
to have him in my party. If nothing else, the trek down to Undercity below
Baldur's Gate was a serious pain in the ass and he deserves infernal torment
for making me go through that damn maze twice! (Strictly speaking, this
is Bioware's fault, but I'll just blame it on the bad guy.)
small percentage of people (16%) can't wait to see him again. Whether
they can't wait to rush at him and stick him on their weapon of choice
or can't wait to add him to their party is open for debate. Sorry, it
wasn't meant to be a trick question, I just made it look that way. ;)
smallest group of voters, doesn't care much about Sarevok or any new party
member for that matter, and simply state the cold fact that they do not
have any room for a new party member. I suspect this would be the case
with a much higher percentage of people, but these 12% simply won't budge
to give their poor half-brother a chance at proving himself worthy of
Will you be playing the upcoming free downloadable Heart of Winter expansion
(253 votes total)
Hmm, maybe... (53) 21%
No way! (20) 8%
not many people voted in this poll, the majority of those that did seem
to be eagerly anticipating Black Isle Studios' free downloadable dungeon
which will be approximately 75-100 MB in size. Since most people who have
played Heart of Winter complained that it was too short, this bonus feature
might improve their opinions a bit.
people aren't certain yet whether they will play it or not; there have
also been a few complaints in our poll comments about not being able to
download such huge files over dial-up. I recommend GetRight or Go!Zilla
which are two nice programs that allow you to resume downloading files
if you get disconnected in the middle or aren't able to get them in one
But since BIS will provide one big file for all those folks lucky enough
to have connections fast enough to download it one shot and a split package
for all of us on dial-up, that shouldn't be that much of a problem.
8% of people said that they will not play the extra dungeon no matter
Should we start posting screenshots of the day (submitted by you, the
users) for the games we cover?
(247 votes total)
No, don't bother (66) 27%
I don't care (53) 21%
more or less pointless to post the results of this poll since the Screenshot
of the Week has been up on the front page since Monday, but here are the
results for anyone who might have missed the poll.
can see, the majority of people who voted in the poll agreed that we should
start collecting screenshots, and so we did. People have already sent
me a couple of good ones I can post, but I'm always looking for more.
So, if you have any screenshots you think are worth posting here, please
send them over. Screenshots can be from any of the games we cover here
at Sorcerer's Place.
How will you play Throne of Bhaal?
(371 votes total)
final save in BG II forward (177) 48%
Finish the game and Watcher's Keep (Add-In area) first, then proceed to
kill Irenicus and into the Add-On area (86) 23%
Start a totally new expansion-only game (48) 13%
Import from a savegame before the end of the game and into the expansion
Other (16) 4%
As a follow-up
to the previous poll where 90% of our visitors voted in favor of buying
the Throne of Bhaal expansion, this time we asked how will you go about
half of the people who voted will be playing the expansion from the final
save forward, which might not be such a good idea since in this case you
will not get to keep those nifty bonuses you get in the final fight. Of
course, you could just replay the showdown with Irenicus and go into the
expansion then, with all the bonuses you are due...
a quarter of people who voted will finish the game and Watcher's Keep
(Add-In area) first, then proceed to kill Irenicus and into the Add-On
area. A sensible idea if you are not done with everything in the game
yet. Although since the Watcher's Keep will be accessible from both the
old world map and the new one, it will not really make much difference.
of people will begin a new Throne of Bhaal-only game, so the Wild Mage
class will not be used that much apparently. A shame, since Bioware seems
to be putting a lot of effort into wild magic this time around.
people will import from a savegame before the end of the game and go straight
into the expansion. All chars below 2 million XP will be bumped up and
given a bag of holding full of powerful goodies, so no one has to worry
about not being mighty enough to venture into new lands.
4% picked other options. Here is a short list of the most commonly recurring
- I will
import a savegame created just before the final battle with Irenicus in
Hell to get those god-like abilities gained after "disarming"
each eye with the Tear of Bhaal. (With Final Save, you won't get those
- I'm gonna start all over again
- Start BG II completely over with the patch
- Start with a brand new character in Baldur's Gate
- Replay BG1-BG2-TOB
- I will restart from BG 1
- I won't buy it
Will you buy Throne of Bhaal, the final part in the Baldur's Gate saga?
(516 votes total)
course (465) 90%
I'm not sure yet (36) 7%
No, never (15) 3%
a similar poll a few months ago when the name of the expansion to Baldur's
Gate 2 was not known yet; and guess what?
The results of this poll and the previous one are practically identical.
Back then out of 560 people who voted, 89% answered yes, of course, 8%
were not sure yet and equally 3% of them answered they will never buy
this means that Bioware has such a dedicated fan base in us that most
of us will buy the expansion no matter what. Back then we knew nothing
about it, and today we know practically everything about it, and still
our opinion has not changed one bit. Truly, if all gaming companies were
What do you find most interesting to read about on our front page?
(176 votes total)
Message board clips (30) 17%
Polls (27) 15%
Developer interviews (27) 15%
Game reviews (22) 13%
Site news (18) 10%
bother to comment much on this poll since I made it mainly to satisfy
my own curiosity, and since I know that this kind of polls is not exactly
have been spread quite evenly among all available options, with game previews
being the most interesting to read about and site news the least interesting.
to the previous week's poll, 26% of our daily visitors come to Sorcerer's
Place for the first time, so this low result the site news received is
not surprising. Site news were posted only once in that week, and even
that when the poll was practically over already. I am guessing quite a
few people didn't even know what kind of things get posted there. ;)
How often do you visit Sorcerer's Place now that we constantly post daily
news here at the front page?
(268 votes total)
day (81) 30%
My first time here (69) 26%
Once every few days (58) 22%
More than once a day (42) 16%
Once a week (10) 4%
Less than once a week (8) 3%
drop in votes when it comes to polls that do not directly concern any
of the content here at Sorcerer's Place never ceases to amaze me. (This
week's poll fares even worse.)
matter, we have still managed to collect some interesting data about the
visiting habits of the people who were kind enough to give their vote.
30% of people visit us daily. Although this is not a bad figure (still
highest in the poll), it could certainly be better. We hope to lure even
more of you into checking us daily for news, so we will do our best to
continue supplying news at the rate we are going now. A big Thank-you
to Darien, our Daily News Editor is in order here.
high amount of newcomers voted - 26% to be exact. It is good to know that
so many people manage to find us in this crowded web that the Internet
is. Welcome and enjoy your stay! :)
people visit us once every few days. I imagine these visitors to be the
kind that don't bother to check every single newsbit that comes up, but
prefer to have a wide selection of news online to only sort through what
interests them. Site news are most likely included in this group.
people are our greatest fans - they visit us more than once a day. News
hunters and members of our message boards and chatroom fall under this
people visit us only once a week. These are probably casual gamers who
do not care for daily news or anything else, but simply come around every
week to look if anything new was posted in the Site News.
3% of people visit us less than once a week. Honesty counts. ;)
I can't imagine anyone who is seriously interested in any of the games
we cover that could do with such an infrequent dosage of Sorcerer's Place,
so I suppose this bunch has their own favorite hangout, which obviously
is not SP. *sniff*
Who is your favourite fantasy book writer?
(658 votes total)
R. Tolkien (267) 41%
R. A. Salvatore (108) 16%
Robert Jordan (83) 13%
Other (68) 10%
Weis & Hickman (61) 9%
Terry Pratchett (39) 6%
Terry Goodkind (20) 3%
Elaine Cunningham (8) 1%
Ed Greenwood (4) 1%
about fantasy literature we have done in the past were very well received
by our readers, and this latest one was no exception.
R. Tolkien, the founder of the whole fantasy genre as we know it today
and an extraordinary author of such epic tales as The Lord of the Rings
and The Hobbit still dominates the hearts of more than 40% of people who
have voted in the poll.
It seems that time can do little to prevent people from finding his books
to be something truly magical. The author may have passed away, but he
has left us with an amazing legacy of works that have yet to be published
and a great number of titles that have been reprinted dozens of times
since their original release.
maybe someday a better storyteller will be born, but I do not anticipate
this to be anytime soon and am quite certain that Tolkien will remain
on the throne as the most beloved of all fantasy writers for generations
yet to come.
Salvatore is the second most popular fantasy writer at the moment with
16% of people voting for him. His unforgettable characters like the dark
elf Drizzt, the barbarian Wulfgar and the dwarf Bruenor are probably the
most widely known residents of the Forgotten Realms.
While Salvatore's writing could hardly be called epic, it does have a
certain appeal and "magic" that makes it popular by today's
more modern generations of readers, especially those familiar with Dungeons
place and 13% of votes go to Robert Jordan, another prominent name in
the fantasy field of literature. His Wheel of Time series of books are
getting more and more popular and some have even named him to be the best
fantasy author since Tolkien.
Other (authors) was selected by 10% of the participants in the poll. People
have many other personal favourite writers that we did not include in
the poll, so I will list them here as they were submitted in the poll
Gammel, Janny Wurts, Frank Herbert, Robert Rankin, Raymond E. Feist, J.
K. Rowling, Patricia McKillip, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Richard Awlinson,
Robert E. Howard, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, Stephen R. Donaldson,
Michael Stackpole, Katherine Kurtz, David Faraland, Roger Zelazny, Mel
Odom, Dennis McKiernan
is in no particular order but it does include all other authors people
9% of all votes are Weis & Hickman, the creators of the Dragonlance
Chronicles saga and many subsequent books about dragons. A recommended
read if you are looking for a bit of diversity from the stereotypical
fantasy worlds most of today's fantasy writers prefer.
people have chosen Terry Pratchett as their favourite fantasy writer.
While his fantasy is fundamentally different from that of all others on
the list, it is quite popular nonetheless.
Pratchett's writing about Discworld, his own mixed up fantasy world began
as a parody of other fantasy, but after more than 25 published novels,
Discworld has become a full-fledged fantasy world in itself. Just goes
to show what you can end up with if you are not careful enough, eh? ;)
3 authors on the list (Goodkind, Cunningham and Greenwood) only scored
5% of votes combined.
While I was not totally surprised with the outcome in the case of the
first two, I was amazed that only 4 (!) of 658 people chose Greenwood
as their favourite writer.
get me wrong, I am not saying that the quality of his writing dictates
that he should be any higher, but the sheer amount of material he has
produced over the years and the wide circulation of it made me think that
he would have at least a small number of die-hard fans. Obviously not
not familiar with his works I should note that it includes everything
from novels, game sourcebooks and manuals to entire fantasy worlds. And
not just any ordinary worlds, the man created the Forgotten Realms! Yes,
that's right, your favourite game playground in the Baldur's Gate and
Icewind Dale series of games, not to mention all the pen & paper campaigns.
obviously does not denote quality in this case. And another ironic thought
to ponder: The Forgotten Realms fantasy world is a blatant copy of just
about everything Tolkien came up with, from monsters, races, type of behavior
certain fantasy races display, names and a number of other things. There
is very little creativity in FR, unlike in some other fantasy worlds such
as Planescape, which is in my opinion the only really original and cool
world TSR has come up with.
And guess what? It is also one of the least popular fantasy worlds. While
I like it very much, the majority of others seem uncomfortable with it.
it be that we have grown so accustomed to the type of fantasy Tolkien
introduced us to that we are unable to accept something that does not
relate to him at least to some degree?
Yes, in fact I think that IS the case. So with Tolkien's idea of fantasy,
a great problem was also born. Lack of creativity in the genre, a feeling
of being restricted in what you can write, and fear of writing something
that will not appeal to the general public. To make it even worse, all
three go hand in hand.
are few fantasy writers who were able to go beyond the frames set by the
genre a long time ago and succeed. Pratchett is one of them, and yet he
is most popular in United Kingdom where people have a bit different perception
of humour and are maybe just because of that, also more ready to unconventional
Who knows? This is certainly a topic that could be debated a lot more.
I usually do not have the time to get so philosophical about things, but
I do hope that my rant here will at least make some of you think for a
moment about what I wrote. Drop me a note in e-mail, our forums or in
our chatroom if you feel you have something to add.)
Which was in your opinion the most useless thing of any kind in Baldur's
(589 votes total)
Infravision (205) 35%
Darts (162) 28%
Familiars (74) 13%
Boots of the North (39) 7%
Horn of Blasting (37) 6%
Wand of Wonder (32) 5%
Other (23) 4%
The Equalizer (17) 3%
my honour to present the most useless item in the game: Helm of Infravision.
35% of people who voted in the poll have selected it, so its fan base
is really quite small. But I guess I must point out that it was originally
an item in Baldur's Gate 1 and not something created anew for Baldur's
Gate 2. (Thank God for that.)
Darts. While I have used them occasionally if I happened to pick up a
stack of them, I can't imagine anyone having them as the weapon of choice.
Just remember what happened to the World's Greatest Darter in BG 1. ;)
But all our rants were not in vain, for shortly after this poll was created,
the folks at Bioware have promised to make darts more useful in the upcoming
Throne of Bhaal expansion. We will have to wait and see. For now, 28%
of people find them useless.
place are Familiars with 13% of all votes. And since not everyone played
a character that could summon one, I'm certain that the level of dissatisfaction
with pets is extremely high among us more magically inclined types.
Bioware also promised some improvements in this field, but nothing concrete
is known at this time. Stay tuned for more info when we get it.
of the North are another popular set with 7% of people ranking them as
the most useless item of all. Due to the fact that next to no monsters
in the game deal cold damage this footwear protects you from, no doubt.
Still, they look good on your paperdoll screen, huh? ;)
we come around to the Horn of Blasting. Blasting is right, usually half
of your party into oblivion while at it. We have had countless rants about
this at our forums, and no one liked this horn, so I'm surprised it wasn't
ranked higher than 6%.
Wonder, i.e. "That Screwy Wand" gained 5% of votes. Either there
are actually people who found it useful, or few of those who voted actually
found it. Frankly, I think this one should be among the top three.
people chose Other. Nothing really smart came up, but I'll list a few
that came up anyway:
Most useless are of course all short swords and daggers, because even
thieves can use much stronger longswords or katanas
- Wand Of Magic Missiles
about it. There were dozens of listings of NPCs who sucked in someone's
opinion, but the poll wasn't about that, so I see no sense in listing
last item on the list, the Equalizer, seems to be quite popular with the
masses. I wonder why, since by the time you put it together, you have
an arsenal full of better weapons. Or maybe it was just me, since only
3% of people found it useless.
Which new feature in the BG2 expansion, Throne of Bhaal, excites you the
(358 votes total)
at level 40 (104) 29%
New areas (74) 21%
More romance(s) (46) 13%
Wild Mage kit (40) 11%
New NPC (31) 9%
New spells (29) 8%
New weapons & items (24) 7%
New monsters (10) 3%
the majority of people (29%) are very pleased with the fact that they
will finally be able to reach truly god-like levels without cheating.
The limit now set at level 40 should be enough for even hard-core power
people are waiting to see the new areas impatiently. One of the them,
namely Watcher's Keep, a dungeon similar to Durlag's Tower in the Tales
of the Sword Coast (BG1 expansion) was described by Bioware as "one
of the coolest dungeons we've ever made". Add to the list your own
Abyssal Stronghold, an Underdark fortress and a few more and you've got
a lot to look forward to.
are in third place with 13% of votes. Bioware have promised that all previously
started romances will continue in the expansion as well, and just maybe
there'll also be a new one (Mazzy). We will have to wait and see.
most popular new feature in the expansion is the Wild Mage kit. Obviously
quite a lot of people (11%) are looking forward to playing this powerful
but unpredictable new kit, or recruiting the new NPC who might be a wild
people are very interested in the new NPC, but alas, there is no official
information regarding him/her at this time. Most likely (s)he will be
a wild mage, but this is purely speculation at this point.
excite 8% of people who voted in the poll. Not only will you now have
the option to cast all those high level mage spells that you couldn't
previously because of the experience cap, but there will also be a slew
of new ones for wizards and priests.
place with 7% of votes are new weapons & items. Obviously not something
that most people would have missed in the original game, since there were
really so many good items that it was hard to choose which ones to use.
But still, the expansion will bring even more better and more powerful
weapons and items.
of people are excited about the new monsters in ToB but since there is
little known about them at the moment, this isn't surprising. What we
do know is that there will be at least one new powerful dragon to kill
and that solars will be in the game also. Stay tuned for more info.